By Gloria Steinem

During this delicate, provocative portrait of Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Steinem unearths the lady at the back of the myth--the baby Norma Jean--and the forces in the United States that formed her into the delusion and icon that hasn't ever died. sixteen pages of full-color pictures.

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But now I additionally see the why of it, and the girl in the back of the masks that her self-consciousness creates. I nonetheless suppose apprehensive approximately her, simply as I did then. there's something particularly weak approximately big-breasted girls during this global concerned about such our bodies, yet unconcerned with the true individual inside. We may well envy those girls a bit, but we consider protecting of them, too. yet in those photos, the physique emphasis turns out extra the behavior of a few former self. It’s her face we glance at. Now that we all know the tip of her tale, it’s the genuine girl we are hoping to find—looking out of the eyes of Marilyn. within the final interview ahead of her loss of life, as regards to the time of those pictures, Patricia Newcomb, her good friend and press secretary, recalls that Marilyn pleaded unsuccessfully with the reporter to finish his article like this: What i actually are looking to say: That what the realm rather wishes is a true feeling of kinship. everyone: stars, employees, Negroes, Jews, Arabs. we're all brothers. Please don’t make me a shaggy dog story. finish the interview with what i think. Norma Jeane You may perhaps purchase a sackful of outdated Bread… for twenty-five cents. Aunt Grace and that i could stand in line for hours ready to fill our sack. while I seemed up at her, she might grin at me and say, “Don’t fear, Norma Jeane. You’re going to be a stunning gal should you develop up. i will suppose it in my bones. ” —from the incomplete autobiography of Marilyn Monroe ONE CLOUDY SUNDAY IN 1962, Marilyn Monroe sat down for an interview with photojournalist George Barris within the patio of her apartment in Brentwood, California. Wrapped in a gentle blue terry-cloth gown and sipping champagne, she was once approximately to provide the non-public textual content for the photographic booklet that was once to be their mutual undertaking that summer season. She desired to set the list immediately. “Lies, lies, lies, every thing they’ve been asserting approximately me is lies,” she stated unfortunately. “This is the 1st real tale; you’re the 1st one I’ve advised it to,” she insisted to Barris, as she needed to others. “I’ll let you know all approximately my adolescence, profession, marriages and divorces, and what i would like out of existence. ” simply as Marilyn appeared to have instructed multiple guy that her first sexual excitement have been with him, she additionally provided her lifestyles to newshounds whom she beloved. It was once one of many many small methods she sought approval. yet in this day, there has been an extra purpose. The “lies” she spoke of have been information stories that she used to be depressed, struggling with deep emotions of inferiority, and incapable of operating. Having been fired from a Hollywood intercourse comedy known as Something’s bought to provide for lateness, absence, sickness, and a spaciness that rendered unusable even the various photos she did end, she was once now combating for her expert existence. “My paintings is the one floor I’ve ever needed to stand on,” she had advised author that ultimate summer time. “To positioned it bluntly, I appear to be an entire superstructure without starting place. yet I’m engaged on the basis. ” Now Marilyn was once utilizing this interview to inform Hollywood she used to be no longer “unemployable.

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